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The Protector of the People


Portrait of one of the Rilaj Mam in Santiago Atitlán. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite
Portrait of one of the Rilaj Mam in Santiago Atitlán. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite

Down the winding, narrow streets of the Tz’utujil Mayan town of Santiago Atitlán sits the house of Cofradía, or brotherhood, of the Rilaj Mam, more commonly known as the house of Maximón, or the Great Tied Up One.

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